Agile Planning Business Roadmaps, Architecture Standards, and DevOps Releases

Agile planning doesn't end when stories are written, accepted by the team, sized, and ready for development.

Story writing is one aspect of agile planning, but it's not the only one. At StarCIO, agile planning is done at several levels depending on the complexity of the requirement.

Agile planning at business, engineering, and operations levels

If you consider the main deliverable of an agile team is a release, then agile planning is done in several areas

  • At the portfolio level where new ideas are introduced, reviewed for business value, and evaluated whether to commit planning teams to dive deeper.
  • At the business level, where strategic drivers, product visions, and roadmaps are developed and releases are communicated.
  • At the engineering level, where agile planning is predominantly about writing and sizing user stories but mature teams go further by defining data, architecture, and other standards.
  • At the devops level, where testing, pipeline, and other release management are considered.
  • At the organization level, where teams monitor releases at the business, functional, and system levels to ensure the release is performing as expected.
  • At the culture level, where organizations learn from their experiences and celebrate their wins.

Over the next few months, I'll be sharing a lot more details on StarCIO's Agile Planning programs including workshops, training, and how to become certified. 

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About Isaac Sacolick

Isaac Sacolick is President of StarCIO, a technology leadership company that guides organizations on building digital transformation core competencies. He is the author of Digital Trailblazer and the Amazon bestseller Driving Digital and speaks about agile planning, devops, data science, product management, and other digital transformation best practices. Sacolick is a recognized top social CIO, a digital transformation influencer, and has over 900 articles published at InfoWorld,, his blog Social, Agile, and Transformation, and other sites. You can find him sharing new insights @NYIke on Twitter, his Driving Digital Standup YouTube channel, or during the Coffee with Digital Trailblazers.